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Whitsunday Regional Council has recently acquired land for a new 12.5 Mega-litre water reservoir in Cannon Valley and recently began early works to assess the site.
The new water tank will provide improved resilience for water supply to Airlie Beach, Cannonvale, Jubilee Pocket, Shute Harbour and surrounding areas, greatly benefiting residents during times of natural disaster.
The new reservoir will also increase the capacity of stored water, ensuring there is enough water services in the future to cater for the fastest growing area in the Whitsunday region.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said the project was in the first stages, with site investigations underway this week to inform the design of the new tank.
“This Council is planning for the future and ensuring we have the right services in place for our residents,” he said.
“The new site is located in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ where it is not too low or too high, allowing it to gravity feed water to the existing Cannonvale reservoir.”
A new pipeline is also in planning to connect the new reservoir to the existing water supply system, with works expected to begin later this year.
The Cannon Valley Reservoir and new pipeline is designed to back-feed to Proserpine and Mt Julian in an emergency, providing a regional resilience improvement.
The site is located on a parcel of land above the Hayman Views and Ocean Reach Estates in Cannon Valley, opposite Whitsunday Plaza.
The early site investigations will involve an excavator digging down to test and identify the rock, before major earthworks can begin later in the year.
Council is currently advocating for additional Federal and State Government funding for the construction of the new tank.
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